120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: .25L draft
Glass: Panama 66 snifter
From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.50
Purchased: Dec. 20, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 20, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Board read 16 pct. ABV, but I still think it was 18 pct. ABV

First time I saw this one and insta-purchased it. Had been wanting to try this despite not really thinking much of the 60 (3.45) and thinking the 90 (4.08) was just good. Probably would have paid up to $10 and locked it down at $8.50 for a 500-ml. pour. Hoping to be in the 4.20 range.

Poured a deep gold hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of white frothy-to-rocky head when I got it. Was quite dark in there, but appeared to be light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class uneven foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled kind of a lot of mush up front, More malty than hoppy, getting caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, sappy pine and hints of Citra and Cascade. Smelled more like an American Strong Ale or an American Barleywine than I would have thought. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste follows the nose as more of a strong ale or a barleywine, getting toffee, caramel, earthy leather, maple syrup, brown sugar, sappy pine, dates, raisins and dark fruits. Not picking up any specific hops. Crazy smooth for 18 (or 16) percent. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Earthy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Wow. This was much better than I thought and much better than the 60 and the 90. Might have even underrated this a tad. (Overall - 4.25)

4.23 | 94 | A-

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Photo of scurfie
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the tap at the Rehoboth restaurant. I was expecting a more bitter, over the top hoppy beer. This beer is just too thick and almost malty sweet. To be honest, it's too strong in the ABV to be an everyday beer. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't miss it.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Comes out thick and oily for an IPA (although it is an Imperial). 1-finger head, but recedes quickly. Residual bubbling and lacing continues. Deep orange brown color.
Smell: Tons of citrus and tropical fruit. Quite a bit of booze comes through. Malty and caramelly.
Taste: A huge kick in the teeth with the first sip. Bitterness explodes. The bitterness is quickly overtaken by a shot of alcohol. The alcohol burn is bigger than expected. After the alcohol dissolve into your bloodstream, there is a brief taste of caramel, malt, bread, and yeast. Many different hop flavors take turns throughout (citrus, mango, pine, floral). Some fruit flavors linger behind after everything else fades.
Feel: Medium but almost full. Feels pretty thick, oily, and slick. A bit under carbed, but understandable.
Overall: Very powerful Imp IPA. Couldn't sit and drink a 4-pack of these though. More carbonation would be good. A slow sipper for sure. There is a decent amount of sweetness to help balance out the high IBUs.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful orange cloudiness. Very smooth for a double IPA with very little hoppy bite or acidic burn and much more complexity. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, tropical fruit and malt with a long finish that continues to develop. I will be scrambling to find more of this.

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Photo of Cachookie
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 8/9/2016 poured into a Dogfish Head Goblet Glass. Pours cloudy orange, light head, a less than expected amount of carbonation. Really strong nose, can pick it up 2 feet away. Very boozy,malty, fruity with a strong caramel bite. First sip feels thick, medium thick like you would expect from stout, but pleasant. Get the hoppy taste, but the taste of burnt sugar helps make the high IBU balance fantastic. As the beer sat and breathed for a bit, it has a more pronounced hoppy taste. Much more reminiscent of an American Barleywine, but I do see the Imperial IPA angle. Very complex beer, aging a few to do a vertical and will see how it changes.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drink this one nice & slow. Pours a deep orange color with a thin, bubbly head. Slightly cloudy. The flavor and aroma are both more perceptible when the beer warms up a bit. Aroma is tropical fruit and caramel malt, a bit of alcohol vapor as you inhale. That alcohol is in the flavor as well. Very warm, & complex. Herbs, spice, fruit and malt. A very strong, yet smooth DIPA with character. Worth trying at least once in your life.

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Photo of KarlosT
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very refined double IPA. My experience w/ such beers are they taste alcoholic to me, as though someone had upped the ABV by adding vodka. However, that was not the case w/ Dogfish 120. Very smooth, with complex flavors.

Had from a 12 oz bottle.

Would love to find this beer on tap

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored and plenty hazy with sediment from all of that continuous hopping. There's a half inch of densely packed creamy foam. Amusingly all I smell is alcohol and I'm talking about along the lines of vodka. I'm not getting anything else. I've had this a few years ago and thought I remembered some semblance of hop aroma. The taste is very warm and boozy. I'm getting some hop bitterness in the aftertaste and I guess I would describe it as herbal to grassy. The mouth is warm with alcohol and there's a light burn to your throat.

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Photo of rifleman_zach
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 09/16. Pours hazy-amber with about a half inch off-white head. Nose has a very nice malty almost tropical aroma. Not as pungent as i was expecting. Very nice prominent hoppy middle. The malts compliment the hops well. The end is not as "boozy" as i was told. Nice dry finish definitely does not feel like 18%. Overall i definitely like this beer. I bought two, one I'm drinking bow and one I will age.

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Photo of nola1988
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: light orange. Clean and clear. Some sediment.
S: something between medicinal mint and cognac.
T: follows nose. Boozy burn in the back.
F: chewy.
O: Truly a unique brew in how bizarre it tastes. Having had it with some age (3 and 5 years) I'd say it was close to a barley wine. Having it fresh, I'd say it is some odd sort of taste closer to a licqurouse liquor than an ipa. Leave it in the cellar for something interesting, drink it freash for something strang.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed late 2013; drank 2/2/14. Drank on draft.

Orange haziness.

White head; thick lace.

Grapefruit & cognac nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Sweet liqueur; bold, tart grapefruit. Interesting for 6oz, then it gets too cloying.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with one finger off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet malts, brown sugar, piney hops and some solvent alcohol.

T - The taste is sweet malts, burnt sugar, toffee, brown sugar and piney hops. The finish has a light alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - This is a pretty good high ABV beer. The flavors remind me more of a Barleywine than IPA. The 18% ABV is not as noticeable as I expected.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't mean to sound rude or pretentious (too late!), but my only real issue with this is the name. IPA? No. American Barleywine? Yes, and should be approached as such in my opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of The_Epopt
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The overwhelming feeling of real bad cough syrup. Burns like cheap vodka. Some good flavor from the malt and hops underlying. Wouldn't buy another.

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Photo of dank203
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed a bottle with about a year of age on it. just enough to balance out the beer slightly, still pretty rich of malts, and hop flavors faintly blended. thick like a mead or wine.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is crazy. Easily the strongest hoppy beer I've ever had. Having on tap at Lucha Cantina.
The appearance is a deep amber with a slight haze. Had a half finger of white head that dissipated quickly.
The aroma is huge caramel malt sweetness and alcohol front and center. Also has pine and earthy dankness.
The taste is a massive sweetness from the caramel malt and alcohol. Also a substantial spicy heat from the high abv. Pine and resiny dankness follow the huge sweetness.
The palate is full with spicy alcohol heat and sweet malt along with a lingering resiny dank bitterness.
Overall this is an extreme example of an imperial ipa that is like an American Barleywine. Definitely feel that 18% although it does not become overpowering.

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Photo of rypkr
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 7-14-16

12oz poured into a north coast tulip. Pours a murky, tawny, orange brown. Frothy foamy 1 finger head. Minimal lacing.

S - wow. As soon as the bottle was cracked hops and alcohol hit my nose from 2 feet away. Up close it smell reminiscent of 90 minute. Piney and dank with tons of malt and caramel alongside it. A heavy whiff and you can really, really smell the alcohol. The potency of the aromas make this a 5.

T - wow. Extremely earthy and greenness in the hop flavor. Immensely potent and immensely spicy, both from the hops and from the alcohol. The taste sticks to my palate and it's almost fatigued between sips that it's hard to recognize all I'm tasting. There's a strange saltiness I'm getting as well. For what it is, I really wouldn't describe it as bitter. In fact, there's almost more sweetness that I'm struck with than pungent ibu's.

M - thick, dry, hot, and extremely filling. Love it here.

Overall I'm only an ounce or 2 in but so far I love it. We'll see if that holds true throughout the rest of the beer or if it becomes excessive towards the end.

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Photo of gcasher
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with thin white head, smelled sweet and hoppy. Taste was deeply hoppy and strong alcohol. Feel was heavy and smooth. Overall, like beer schnapps. Sip very slowly.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased from local Whole Foods for $8.50. Bottled 7/14/2016.

Orange, marmalade translucent elixir poured into HF snifter. 1/2 cm of white foam to a rim. Scant lacing. Thick legs coat the glass with each sip.

Sugar coated citrus candy, booze, earth and subtle spice.

The citrus hop is there but quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol. There is a heavy sugar cane presence that mutes the hop bitterness.

Medium to full body, minimally carbonated, alcohol vapors.

This is the first time I have had this brew fresh and the age really helps mellow the alcohol. Drink fresh at your own risk.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/14/2016. Poured into IPA glass. It pours a hazy honey-amber with one-inger of frothy, milk-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of sweet malt, pine needles, hops, and just a whiff of citrus. You can also smell the strong alcohol. When sipped, it fairly explodes with sweet malt, almost cloying, and bitter, biting hops. There is a strong alcohol burn. The sweetness and bitterness are at war with each other. This is probably the most viscous, chewy IPA I've reviewed and the alcohol is nearly overpowering. This is a legendary ale that I'm glad to have finally reviewed. I usually purchase a single bottle when a fresh batch is released. That's enough for me.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I chose to open this guy fresh.

L: A hazy honey, a slightly lighter looking DIPA, lingering head
S: A mixture of Chinook and sweet malt. The alcohol is definitely there but not over powering.
T: Great DIPA that is ridiculously strong. The flavors are so on point that it masks the high ABV. A nice bright hop flavor that is smoothed out with a mellow sweet malty backbone and finishes with the slight kick from the alcohol flavor.
O: A fine beer that is definitely worth the search. Wish I could try some older ones

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Photo of ryno6616
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing is a in a class by itself.
Its a beast.
To me its not a beer, its carbonated Liquor!
Really, its more of a barley wine then an IPA to me...

My first attempt at DFH120 was a fresh bottle - its just different than anything I have had. Not sure how to explain it but its something to check off the list.
I have a 2nd bottle aging for little over a year now, I am anxious to see how it has changed with age........will update review when I have it.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass.
LOOK: Hazy yellow orange, small white head, lasts.
AROMA: hoppy citrus, some pine. Very fresh.
TASTE: juicy, guava, lemon, Orange, ash and barley show up late. Very complex taste. Alocohol is apparent, but not 18% apparent.
FEEL: Full bodied blonde. Very thick, carbonation is there, but has resistance to being bubbly.

Glad I tried this fresh(about 2 months). Aging a 2nd bottle. I've seen argument that this in mislabeled as an IPA, but I think it truly is an IPA, with some characteristics of a barleywine. This reminds me of Troegs Nugget Nectar on Steroids. I'm guessing aging will bring out more of the malty flavors as the hoppy flavors fade.

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Photo of Hopbooze
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get 5 bottles of this beer I shared two bottles with friends I drink one by myself then I waited two years later I drink wine by myself it was awesome I have one bottle left it's 4 years old I'm trying to wait till I can get some more

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Photo of nobledust
1.76/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

L: beautiful golden amber, darker than most DIPAs, good head retention - 4

S: piney...alcohol... - 2.25

T: Like eating a pine cone dipped in everclear - 1

F: Like a DIPA frozen into a popsicle, then dipped in booze- laced simple syrup, then thawed and poured un-asked- for down the throat

Overall: nothing else to add

Disclaimer: I'm a former IPA nerd. I tried this a solid year plus after the end of my IPA honeymoon.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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